Bonnetswe "Bee" Sarefo
I go by the name Bee, I have been working for Ker & Downey Botswana since 1986. I have always loved nature, conservation and the responsibility that comes with the job of being a professional guide. What I love most about my job is working with people from all nationalities and the sharing of life experiences that comes with meeting new people.
I like Shinde as it is a private concession, therefore I can do my activities without any constraints, we can move around more freely and get guests up close and personal with the wildlife. This provides them with a better and more memorable experience.
Mothusiemang "Relax" Relemogeng
My name is Relax, I started as a grounds man and moved up to become a waiter. when I worked Front of house guests would ask me what birds surrounded the dining area. I would ask the guides about this birds and i slowly built up knowledge and a love for birding. This was the first building block in my guiding career and I have never looked back.
I have spent many hours behind the wheel exploring the whole of the Shinde Private Concession, I have fantastic knowledge of the area and can relay this to my guests. I believe, there must be constant communication between me and my guests. What I like most about the Shinde concession is the combination of water, birds, wildlife and the beautiful landscape.
It has always been my dream to be a guide. I was employed at Footsteps as a makoro poler in 1999 and I used this time to gain knowledge about the wilderness through books and the other guides. I finally reached my dream and obtained my guides license. There is never a dull moment and even after all this time working as a guide, I still learn something new every day. Shinde is like my home,I know everything there is to know about the area and therefore I can truly give my guests the best possible experience.
Solomon “Solly” Gakenathata
My name is Solly which is a short form of Solomon. I am originally from Etsha 13, this village is situated in the pan handle, it is a very small village with a population of about 1000 people. I am working as a professional guide at Okuti and I have been with the Ker & Downey for almost five years. It is a great company to work for and I like being at Okuti because it has two different environments, the channels and lagoons and the dry game drive areas.
I am very passionate about birds, it is challenge as we are always learning about different species and how they interact in our environment. Out of all the birds in this area my favourite is the African Fish Eagle, it has beautiful black and white plumage and its unique call is my favourite sound in the bush.